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BBC weather warning: Hazardous thunderstorms to ravage UK ahead of 60mph winds on weekend

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BBC Weather’s Matt Taylor warned thunderstorms have ravaged Wales and southwest England throughout the night and will continue to spread across the UK. The sudden change in weather will send temperatures plunging by the weekend. By the bank holiday, a large area of low pressure from the Atlantic will bring 60mph winds to Britain.

Mr Taylor said: “Warmest day yesterday across the UK since the end of August last year, peaking at 28C.

“As we go towards Friday, temperatures dropping a little bit but still warm enough.

“By this stage, there’s going to be another weather hazard to look out for.

“To get from the heat, we often have a spell of rain and also with that heat around we’ve also seen some thunder.

“Bit of a disturbed night for some across Wales and southwest England. These have both seen flashes of thunder and rumbles of thunder throughout the night all linked to this band of narrow rain pushing into the West Midlands.

“Wet weather in Northern Ireland clearing away and spreading into the west of Scotland.

“Very little rain for those in the south and the east of England though there could be one or two showers or thunderstorms to take us through to lunchtime.”

On Friday, a large amount of rain will move in from the west sweeping across the north of the UK.

An unseasonably deep area of low pressure from the Atlantic will dictate cooler weather for the weekend.

Mr Taylor added: “As we go through the day, winds will be strengthening.

“We could see wind gusts of in excess of 40mph.

“From north Wales and northwards, an excess of 60mph that could cause a few issues.”


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On Wednesday, police in North Devon said roads to the area’s beaches were “gridlocked” despite pleas to the public from councils who advise against travelling to the southwest.

Officers in Ilfracombe and Braunton said they had identified vehicles from “all over the country” in the local area, where toilets and other amenities remain closed.

One officer said “valuable resources” were being used to marshal traffic, adding that elderly people in the area would be “very anxious over the selfish actions of these individuals”.

A slight easing of restrictions in England means people can drive to beaches and countryside beauty spots, where they are allowed to picnic and sunbathe.

But in response to the relaxation of measures, leaders in Devon and Cornwall warned second homeowners and tourists to “think twice” about visiting the region.

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